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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Feb 13, 2012 9:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Well, here I am playing “Big Boss Man” on my Strat. Critiques are welcome!

Nice effort. Seemed to get a little better toward the end. I'm not trying to be mean, but here's my honest critique:

- Learn and practice basic blues arpeggios -- that is, focus more on learning how to play the bass line. Once you've mastered that, guitar soloing gets a lot easier.
- Yes, you can technically just solo in E pentatonic scales, but it sure sounds a lot nicer if you modulate during the chord changes to emphasize the A (IV) and B (V) chords during those parts of the song.
- Play fewer notes until you get to the point where you can anticipate what the next note will sound like before you play it. Jerry said something to the effect of "there's no such thing as improvisation, only composition."
- Turn down the reverb and distortion so that you can hear the tones more clearly.
- Better yet, trade in the Strat for a nice acoustic guitar and learn to play on that. Learning on an acoustic rather than an electric will do wonders for your technique.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Feb 14, 2012 6:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Well, here I am playing “Big Boss Man” on my Strat. Critiques are welcome!

This is exactly the type of reply I was hoping for. Thanks a bunch man, I really appreciate the feedback.

I'm gonna try recording something with a clean tone and see how that sounds.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Feb 14, 2012 7:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Well, here I am playing “Big Boss Man” on my Strat. Critiques are welcome!

Nice! Let us know how it turns out. And take what I say with a grain of salt: I'm not a guitar teacher. I just play a lot, and a lot Grateful Dead songs in particular. So I know a thing or two about blues and jazz, but I'm certainly no expert.